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Lynchburg man to serve three years for Norton shooting

Lynchburg man to serve three years for Norton shooting

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NORTON, Va. — A Lynchburg, Virginia, man will serve three years in prison after being convicted of two counts of attempted murder, discharge of a firearm at an occupied dwelling and felony destruction of property, according to a Monday statement from the Wise County commonwealth’s attorney.

Manuel Sotillo Soto, 27, was sentenced Monday in Wise County Circuit Court, the statement said. Although he received a 10-year prison sentence, seven years were suspended, landing Soto an active sentence of three years.

On Oct. 12, 2020, police received a call about a person firing a gun at a residence on Gardner Hollow Road in Norton. When they arrived, officers found Soto “holding a rifle and several bullet holes in the side of the residence and within the home,” the statement said.

“Soto later confessed to law enforcement that he shot into the residence and that he knew people were inside the home during the shooting,” the statement said. “Soto said that he was angry because the residents had disrespected him.”

The statement said that nobody was injured by the gunfire.

“These crimes are outrageous and conduct like this has no place in our safe community,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp said in the statement. “I want to thank the police investigators and prosecutors from my office for their professionalism and hard work in bringing the case to a successful conclusion.”

Slemp said that while Virginia legal guidelines recommended a sentence between seven months and a little more than a year, Soto’s final sentence wound up much higher due to “the serious nature of the offense.”

Soto remains at Southwest Virginia Regional Jail, the statement said. From there, he’ll be transferred to the Virginia Department of Corrections.

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